'Nightmare on the horizon' in Syria?
A look at where the conflict stands
- Duration 5:14
- Date Nov 14, 2012
A look at where the conflict stands
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All right now while Washington is busy dealing with scandals America's enemies are still very much -- and the Middle East remains a major hot spot.
New York Times economist Thomas Friedman writes today quote.
For a -- a second term I fear that it could be the full nightmare all of them that once the whole Middle East erupts in one giant sound and light show of civil wars.
States collapsing and refugee dislocations.
As the keystone of the entire region Syria it's pulled the sender.
And the disorder spills across.
The neighborhood joining us again -- to -- FBI supervisory agent he's now the CEO this to find groups Ali do you see it that way that the nightmare is on the horizon.
Well -- -- -- what's happening in Syria today you have to look at Syria from three different levels first you have.
The Syrian people who want freedom from.
To Bashar Assad regime.
But then also you have regional conflicts going on between who's gonna fill that vacuum after we left from Iraq.
That's vacuum in the Middle East and this is between Iran and between Turkey.
Turkey is supporting this Syrian people Iran is supporting division but also you have to -- -- a different level where you have seen Russia.
Also involved on on a global level with the Syrian conflict so it's becoming a -- of shadows it's becoming a ward off.
-- different points.
The problem with.
That Syria is a multi cultural society.
You have -- Christians you have the Sunnis you have the -- you have the Kurds you have the Arabs.
So if a civil war took place in Syria -- all these -- -- -- the start fighting with each other.
That's gonna spill into the entire region yes you can love and on which we stopped seeing.
An indication that the Syrian conflict is -- spilling into Lebanon but also remember there's about twenty million Halloween.
In Turkey itself on Halloween is the plan and the -- of the shuttle aside.
There are problems between she Johnson in Iraq there -- problems between Shia on Sunni and Saudi Arabia's.
And that's -- and I got this seventh century so how do we -- the beginning of Islam pat how do we engage with that well.
The problem that's -- happening -- that's happening today in Syria.
That there is no one to fill the vacuum in the case of a shot of assets falling.
Now last week we had some positive and encouraging news from -- -- from Qatar.
That the new coalition of the opposition series with the Syrian opposition.
Get together and they elected to leadership and that leadership is not a leadership that has been outside Syria for twenty years that's leadership of people who actually were in Syria to.
Recently there are questions about that leadership -- and whether or not that data in an ad itself as a genuine leadership or whether or not dead the second in command.
The Muslim Brotherhood member she's someone that should be looked at again.
We've countryman makes this argument in his -- in that America should fill the vacuum you know my way I I -- I I.
I don't think.
It's a role the United States to go into another Arab Muslim country and and Syria is going to be way worse in Iraq.
I think look at the situation in Syria need to be monitored I think -- -- coalition it's a positive move.
-- -- -- now I think the next to stop.
Is to see if dot coalition is gonna have the support of the different faction of the Syrian free army because -- -- -- free army is not.
You know a unified organization it's an umbrella of different -- so if this.
The bigger in the region while we have a quick moment here we were we start off talking about thank god he diverse forces at work did not want America in -- we saw different hot spots across the Middle East.
Where there's an anti American sentiment that we continue to -- different terrorist groups should this continues is it never and think I.
I agree with -- 100% and this is scary I mean yes we had a lot of tactical wins against al-Qaeda against.
The ordination position that attacked us on 9/11 bin Laden and his group however -- that narrative has been spreading it around.
Became a more powerful now than it was yeah absolutely absolutely before they only had one area to operate from Afghanistan and Waziristan but I would say there's no major attacks we -- -- -- something like the World Trade Center that's what they said the one we were talking about bin Laden when he was in Afghanistan in 1996 and.
Declare Jihad on the United States border when he issued the -- twelfth 1998 people were saying well there's -- terrorist attack.
And then you know hindsight 20/20 and I'm loving can -- you know we wish we paid attention to that but now if you see al-Qaeda directorate.
You see an area literally the size of France in northern Mali.
Under the control off of Qaeda and its affiliates like ansari dean tell people Jihad.
You see them the training individuals and groups like book a -- Romney Syria.
A book a -- -- not only am I shooting a problem which the West African problem they're dangerous in Niger and come brawn and China.
UCJ are -- in southeast Asia and Indonesia trying to rebuild itself you see -- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula salukis.
Some areas that we haven't heard a lot about and as we continue to watch this story in big guys let's have -- back to talk about some of the areas that you just mentioned why we need to pay attention.
It's great to have you thank you thank you so much because -- today.